Diggers need cure for batting disease
THERE'S a virus in the Diggers batting line-up and they want to find a cure quick smart.
Bundled out for only 91 against Coffs Hotel Tigers on Saturday, Diggers have gone from likely grand finalists to dropping outside the four with their third consecutive poor batting display.
The last three occasions that Diggers have gone out to bat, their average score has been just over 100.
Proof of how bad the virus has affected their team, the average score the team was making before the rot set in was 187.
Roger Oates stood in as skipper for the day and he's the first to admit that maybe the long spell between games has affected his team more than most.
"I think that we're suffering from a lack of cricket," he said.
"Early in the season we were batting well and when we were playing week in and week out we built up momentum.
"We lost momentum through the break and I think we need to play regular cricket to play consistent cricket."
An excuse can be made for the batsmen as admittedly the match was played on a very slow outfield which didn't help the batsman's cause but the required application was missing from Diggers as Joe Mennie (17) was the only batsman who had an innings that lasted for over an hour.
"Disappointing is the word to use," the captain rued.
"I think someone needed to come in and take the game by the scruff of the neck and we probably batted a little bit conservatively.
"With the slow outfield it needed someone to come in and try and hit a few boundaries, if we had of got to 130 that would've been a good score."
After making the grand final last year, the Tigers have been disappointing so far this season but their captain Brad Greenshields believes that the reason for their convincing victory on the weekend was plain and simple.
"The boys turned up to play this week," he said.
"I think that our slow start to the season has shown us that we can't just turn up and win, we need to actually work every weekend to get the results and we were prepared to do the work on Saturday."
Needing only 92 for victory, the Tigers run chase couldn't have got off to a worse start when Matt Secomb was dismissed from the first ball of the innings.
But a 66 run partnership between Greenshields (41 not out) and Hugh Campbell (34) steadied the ship well enough to ensure the target was reached easily enough.
"Chasing a small total the key has always been to get a decent partnership going and we got that,"
"The job's a bit easier when you only need to make two runs an over and there's no run rate pressure to worry about."